Biologist off to sunken home
TODAY’S the day for marine biologist Lloyd Godson, who will this afternoon make his way to the underwater capsule that will be home for the next 10 days.
After a hectic day yesterday spent finalising the transfer of his equipment to the metal BioSUB and dealing with a growing amount of media interest from across the country, Mr Godson said he was almost ready to head under water at Wonga Wetlands.
“I can’t wait to get in there and enjoy the peace and quiet,” he said.
The capsule, which measures 3m long, 2.2m high and 2.4m wide, has been submerged with the assistance of several six tonne concrete blocks, 5m under water at The Pit.
The BioSUB has an algae-based life support system, which will keep him alive.
Secondary students from the US travelled to Australia last month to build the life support system.
“There have been no major dramas and I am hoping it continues,” Mr Godson said.
“I think I will still manage to remain underwater for 10 days and there is a back-up system if the algae-based system doesn’t work.”
Mr Godson will remain in 24-hour contact with his support crew via an audio link, and he will also host online sessions twice a day over the internet via an underwater camera and wireless internet connection.
Mr Godson has undertaken extensive fitness training for the project, including marathon running.
To remain in touch with the BioSUB project during Mr Godson’s 10-day stay under water visit the biosub.com.au website.